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Borough Police Arrest Mother, Son on Multiple Charges

According to court documents, Shelby Henn, 45, and Christopher Henn, 22, were both arrested at a home in the 1400 block of Washington Street, Hellertown, on Wednesday night.

A 22-year-old Hellertown man with a criminal history is facing gun and drug charges after borough police found “an abundance of suspected drug paraphernalia” and a Remington Model 1100 shotgun in his bedroom Wednesday night, according to court documents.

Christopher Henn, of the 1400 block of Washington Street, was found guilty of robbery and related charges in 2010, according to court documents. Because he is a convicted felon, he cannot possess a firearm.

Henn’s mother, Shelby Henn, 45, is also currently facing charges of harboring or concealing a wanted person and resisting arrest.

According to court documents obtained at the office of District Judge John Capobianco:

Borough police went to a home in the 1400 block of Washington Street after being told that Christopher Henn, who had a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, was living there.

When police arrived, they allegedly observed Henn exit a garage and enter the residence.

Officers Matthew Andree, Michael Dattilio and Carl Fischer then spoke to Shelby Henn and her son, Matthew.

Shelby reportedly told police that Christopher was not home, even after police told her that they had seen him exit the garage and enter the residence. Shelby again denied that her son was there, according to the court documents.

Andree then reportedly told Shelby Henn that she was giving false information regarding a wanted person.

While being escorted through the residence, Shelby took Andree and Dattilio to an attic room--Christopher’s bedroom--on the third floor.

While searching the room for Christopher, the two officers allegedly found--in plain view--a Remington Model 1100 shotgun next to the bed and “an abundance of suspected drug paraphernalia.”

According to the court documents, the officers also found:

2 grinders

4 smoking pipes containing suspected marijuana residue

4 metal spoons containing suspected heroin residue

2 hypodermic syringes

7 containers containing suspected marijuana residue

1 digital scale

3 clear plastic bags containing suspected marijuana residue

When the officers moved into the kitchen, Andree and Dattilio reportedly noticed a locked door. When asked if there was a key, Shelby asked the officers to give her something to pick the lock.

At that moment, a male’s voice--later identified as Christopher--announced that he was behind the locked door.

Andree asked Shelby to move away from the front of the door, but she wouldn’t move, police said. She was asked two more times to step away from the door before Andree and Dattilio physically had to move her.

Shelby, who “was attempting to pull away from the officers in an aggressive manner,” had to be physically restrained against the dining room table, according to the court documents. She was then handcuffed and taken into custody.

Shelby Henn was later arraigned before the on-call District Judge in Northampton County and charged with two felony counts of hindering apprehension or prosecution of a wanted person and one count of resisting arrest.

She was released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Christopher Henn allegedly admitted to police that he is the only person to use the bedroom on the third floor and that the drug paraphernalia was also his.

Early Thursday, Christopher was also arraigned before the on-call District Judge in Northampton County. He was charged with a felony count of possessing a firearm and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession or distribution of a small amount of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $25,000 straight bail, and he must submit to random drug and alcohol testing.

Local January 20, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Good to hear, another criminal off the street. How can that women call her self a mother. She is to blame for how her son turned out. She allows this stuff to go on. She deserves to be in jail. Maybe that will open her eyes and she can start acting like a mother.
Wazzy January 20, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Whoa! Oviously you are not a mother. As a mother, I would do just about anything to protect my child and my heart goes out to her. She is, however, an enabler and we hear it all the time with addicts. How can we stand in judgment unless we ourselves have had to face the same circumstances. My prayers are with Shelby, her family, and her very troubled son.

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